Opinion

Kepler

The stricken Kepler space observatory has been the most revolutionary facility astronomy has seen in more than two decades and it is vital it be restarted, writes Professor Chris Tinney.

11 Hilmer cropXX

Bowing to the high demand for university places threatens our high education standards, writes Vice-Chancellor Fred Hilmer.

10 Duane astronomy

The science of astronomy has existed for thousands of years among Indigenous cultures and contains practical information essential for survival and cultural continuity, writes Duane Hamacher.

05 Kevin Rudd2 crop 0

Paradoxically, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's centralised intervention to reform the troubled New South Wales branch of the Labor Party, could help revive the party at its roots, argues UNSW's Mark Rolfe.

24 Harcourt economy crop 0

Australia has an export base that is spread far and wide across the globe but concentrated enough in the bigger markets for exporters to get a good bang for their buck, writes Tim Harcourt.

04 Richters abortion istock crop

Medical abortions finally will be easily available to Australian women when the drug RU486 is listed on the PBS. But without a national data collection system, details about quality, safety or access won't be known, experts argue.

03 Zumbo NBN istock crop

Senator Stephen Conroy's resignation as communications minister leaves his NBN "baby" facing an uncertain future, writes Frank Zumbo.

McAdam Carr crop

The Foreign Minister's description of asylum seekers as economic refugees is inflammatory and part of an attempt to make the problem disappear, write Mary Crock, Michelle Foster and Jane McAdam.

01 Riesz carbon istock crop

The real impacts of the carbon price will emerge over the coming decades with growing pressure to transform our economy, write Jenny Riesz and Roger Dargaville.

28 referendum Kildea crop

The referendum campaign on local government is likely to leave voters confused, bored or both. But there are better ways to communicate the cases for and against, write Jackie Hartley and Paul Kildea.

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